Starting a new school year can be stressful and exciting all at the same time. The new worries and fears can overpower the feelings of joy, but it’s our job as students to stay on track and focus on our goals and balance out everything. Though, that can be very difficult. With our busy schedules at school and sports, there’s not much time to relax and spend time on yourself.
Transitioning from summer to school was definitely a big adjustment for me. I can say that I’m still adjusting. The old feelings of getting ready for your first day of school the night before, and the anticipation of seeing everyone was nostalgic. It was exciting to see everyone’s face again, at least from the nose up. It was also nice to reconnect with those friends who I hadn’t seen since last year. Since then, I’ve been getting used to the swing of things.
As of right now, I can strongly agree that junior year is definitely a challenging one. With everything going on, it’s hard not to get caught up in the mix of balancing school, friends, and extracurriculars. What’s helped me the most is commiserating with my friends and taking some time off to dedicate just for myself. In past years, I’ve always admired my upperclassmen friends for the amount they were juggling all at once. It truly is a skill. Now that they’ve moved on and I’m walking in their shoes, it’s my turn to do the same.
No matter what I’ve got going on, I do have to remind myself that I’m human and everything is a learning experience. I’ll learn to find what doesn't work for me and what does. The beauty of imperfection is that there’s always room for self-growth. If I knew how to do everything perfectly, doing new things wouldn’t be any fun. It’s nice to prove to yourself that you can do better.
As the year goes on, I want to continue to push myself to my fullest potential. Even if at times it may be difficult, the thought of all the work paying off motivates me. I have to continue surrounding myself with positive energy, including the people who make me laugh and the things that make me happy. I also have to remind myself to have fun! To enjoy the moments I have with my friends and family. To cherish the last full year of my high school experience.